Shibuya Crossroads

Music Take Me Home Phil Collins (clip - 1985)
New York, London, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, the video for Take Me Home takes Phil Collins to the four corners of the world. Until a famous crossroads...
Shibuya Crossroads
"Crowded Shibuya Crossing" by koalie is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“The lyrics of the song refer to a patient in a mental institution. I was inspired by the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Phil Collins on VH1 Storytellers (1997)

Take Me Home, sings former Genesis drummer Phil Collins. In his clip, the artist leaves his house in the suburbs of London and finds himself in front of Buckingham Palace, on a bench near the Eiffel Tower, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, in a Cable Car in San Francisco, but also at the crossroads of Shibuya,
in Tokyo.

On tour in Japan, notably for his concert in April 1985 at Shibuya Kōkaidō where he performed this very song, Phil Collins took the opportunity to shoot this quick sequence in this busy venue.

This incredible intersection is a real swarm. Millions of people pass through it every day. In order to get the desired result for his video, the musician went there at night, but still found himself confronted with a large crowd. Nevertheless, Phil Collins does not hesitate to exploit the place, not failing to attract some curious looks from the amused locals.

Phil Collins, who is much appreciated in the land of the rising sun, has a building dedicated to him. Built in 1988, the building at 3-chōme-8-10 Nishikubo in the town of Musashino near Tokyo proudly displays “Phil Collins” calligraphy at its top. The rent for a 290 sq ft apartment is approximately 73,000 yen (€550).


A webcam filmed 24 hours of traffic on the intersection of Shibuya. There are only 9 seconds in a row where no one crosses this intersection in the middle of the night.

Clip Take Me Home Phil Collins
Clip Take Me Home Phil Collins
Clip Take Me Home Phil Collins
Clip Take Me Home Phil Collins
Clip Take Me Home Phil Collins
Clip Take Me Home Phil Collins

Shibuya Crossing

A symbol of Japanese dynamism and precision, the Shibuya Crossing is one of the busiest places in the world, regularly compared to Times Square in New York.

2.4 million people cross the crosswalks of Shibuya Crossing every day and about 2,500 at the same time at every green light! Located across from the Hachikō exit of Shibuya Station, this is a popular spot for Japanese people, and is also popular with tourists.

The Hachikō exit takes its name from a dog known to have waited every evening at the exit of the station, in the 1920s, for his master, Professor Ueno. After his death at work, the faithful companion continued to come every day at the same time for nine years. This dedication led the authorities to erect a statue to him in 1934, one year before his death. It is located outside the station, at the place where he was waiting every day.

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By Damien Duarte

Monday, December 20, 2021

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